Oklahoma Legal Information
In April of 2015, Gov. Fallin signed HB 2154, Katie and Cayman's Law, which allows physicians in Oklahoma to recommend a high-CBD cannabis oil (less than 0.3% THC) to minors suffering from a severe epilepsy disorder like Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome or Dravet Syndrome. In 2016, the state adopted HB 2835, which expanded legal protections to patients of all ages and added several new qualifying conditions including “spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or due to paraplegia, intractable nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation with chronic wasting diseases.”
Neither bill created a framework for the production, distribution or analysis of the CBD oil. Presumably patients are supposed to illegally bring CBD oil in from another state or to participate in clinical trials conducted at Oklahoma universities.
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In April of 2015 Gov. Fallin signed HB 2154, Katie and Cayman's Law, which allows physicians in Oklahoma to recommend a clinical trial with high-CBD cannabis oil to minors suffering from a severe epilepsy disorder. The trial is to be administered at University medical centers. The bill makes no allowance for the production, distribution or analysis of the CBD oil.
HB 2154, Katie and Cayman's Law, creates an exemption for the possession and use of CBD-rich cannabis oil from the criminal definition of marijuana in limited circumstances. Only patients aged 18 or younger with severe epilepsy disorder are eligible for legal protections after the patient obtains a recommendation for CBD oil from a physician. The law requires that the CBD oil be no more than 0.3 % THC. The law also states that the CBD oil for these studies must come from a FDA-approved source.
Any physician licensed doctor or osteopath treating patients with severe forms of epilepsy may serve as the principal investigator in clinical trials of CBD oil.
Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.